Jackson County manhunt ends, double homicide suspect captured

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JACKSON CO., Ky. (WYMT) - June 5th Update
The two brothers charged in a Jackson County double murder will appear back in court on August 7th.

Terry and Bobby Hammonds pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon.

Police say they killed Whitney Venable and Joey Marcum in December.

Terry is charged with complicity to murder and Bobby is charged with their murders.

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Kentucky State Police found a man wanted for double homicide Friday morning, ending a manhunt that lasted almost two weeks.

Trooper Purdy tweeted Terry Hammonds was taken into custody in Jackson County without incident.

Hammonds and his brother, Bobby, were wanted for a double murder that happened in December 2017.


For Whitney Venable's family, the capture was more than good news.

"Relieved. Absolutely relieved," said Venable's sister, Robin Brown.

Venable died in December, along with Joey Marcum. One of their bodies was found inside a charred vehicle and the other nearby with a gunshot wound on Rock Lick Road.

"That was my baby sister," said Brown.

Police arrested Bobby Hammonds in connection to the double murder but could not find his brother, Terry, until Friday.

"I know hate is a real strong word but I hate those brothers. They took something from me that I can never have back," said Brown.

Kentucky State Police said they found Hammonds at a home on Dean Road and had to drag him out from under a bed.

The family said they hope this is the first step toward justice.

"I'm going to see this all the way through," said Brown.

Hammonds denied our request for an interview. He is in the Jackson County Detention Center.

They are expected in court in June.



 
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